Roy Harms is topic for Military Historians

The life and career of Grafton World War II pilot Roy Harms will be the topic for the Monday, Feb. 20, meeting of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Military Historians.

Doors to the Rose-Harms American Legion Hall in Grafton open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served about 6:30 p.m.

1st Lt. Roy Harms died along with eight members of his crew, on Aug. 1, 1943, in the bombing raid on the oil fields of Ploesti, Romania. His remains were recently identified and will be brought back to Grafton for burial this spring.

The bombing raid on Ploesti originated at the airfields in Benghazi, Libya, and involved 178 Army Air Corps bombers from five bomb groups who traveled at low altitude for more than 1300 miles and then attacked at tree top level.

The raid became the most decorated, one-day battle in the history of American warfare. It produced five Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including one from Wisconsin. Harms posthumously receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The presentation will be given by Allen Buchholz, a local historian and vice president of the Ozaukee County Historical Society, who has studied the battle and has nurtured an interest in Lt. Harms’ life and his military career.

Buchholz will also discuss how Harms’ remains were located after decades.

The $25 admission includes a buffet dinner from Ferrante’s and the speaker’s presentation.

A limited number of $10 seats are available for the speaker’s program, which begins around 7 p.m.

The hall is at 1540 13th Ave.

For reservations or more information, call Ken Grigas at (262) 284-1090 or email rsvp@mkemh.org.

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